The Orange County Asperger's Support Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for autistic teens, adults, and families in the community. We achieve this through providing support, organizing social activities, and education. Our goal is to empower the autism community by creating a safe and welcoming environment where individuals and families can connect with others who share similar experiences and challenges. We believe that through support and education, individuals with autism can achieve their full potential and become valued members of the community.
Under the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, DDS is responsible for overseeing the coordination and delivery of services and supports to over 400,000 Californians with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, autism, epilepsy, and related conditions. The state’s developmental services are designed to meet the needs and choices of individuals at each stage of their lives, and, to the extent possible, support them in their home communities, providing choices that are reflective of lifestyle, cultural, and linguistic preferences.
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Zavikon believes that there is a job for everyone to apply their talents and skills in a meaningful way. Our mission is to match qualified candidates with disabilities or those who are neurodivergent with employers who believe inclusion is the future. Zavikon is the bridge to inclusion.
We are working to change the unemployment and underemployment outcomes for individuals who are uniquely abled and underserved through placing them in career focused employment while providing support and education to the employer to ensure a successful and mutually beneficial relationship.
We provide recruitment, workplace readiness, and job accommodation identification and advocacy for individuals with disabilities or those who are neurodivergent. We provide education and guidance to employers to support a successful employment relationship.
Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) is a nonprofit organization contracted by the State of California through the Department of Developmental Services to coordinate life-long services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) is one of 21 private, non-profit organizations under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to coordinate and provide community-based services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (consumers).
The unique regional center system was created by the landmark entitlement legislation called "The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act," or Lanterman Act. Each regional center is governed by a Board of Trustees of community members that include consumers, their family members, and other interested individuals.
NLACRC currently serves more than 34,500 consumers as of July 2023, and has supported consumers and their families in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, and Antelope Valleys for more than 45 years.
Westside Regional Center staff is dedicated to providing support and assistance to all of the clients we serve and to developing a partnership with families.
As an educational partner, the Brainstorm crew will share their insights and expertise with those who are curious about careers in animation and related digital arts. The Brainstorm mission is to nourish the energies of neurodiverse artists, plus ignite these speical creators' imaginative sparks. Brainstorm's core seven tenets are simple but profound: Creativity, diversity, integrity, quality, collaboration, equality, and respect.
Brainstorm Productions is the DBA for CLU Transitions. The Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU) is home to a swiftly growing animation career training program for adults on the autism spectrum. As CLU sister creative and digital arts studio, Brainstorm Productions offers paid workplace experience for CLU animation alumni. Brainstorm Productions proudly presents compensated job opportunities for those with CLU animation diplomas.
As an educational partner, Exceptional Minds will play an active role in the conference, sharing valuable insights and advice with aspiring talent who are interested in pursuing an educational path in the entertainment industry. They are excited to contribute their expertise and help empower individuals on the autism spectrum to pursue their passion for animation, visual effects, and 3D gaming.
Exceptional Minds is an academy and studio preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in animation, visual effects, 3D gaming and other related fields in the entertainment industry. We provide technical and work readiness training customized to help students achieve their full artisitc and professional potential.
Jazz Hands for Autism is a 501(c)(3) talent advocacy group that creates pathways to expressions, employment, and inclusion for musically motivated individuals with autism and other diagnoses. We are working towards a world where individuals on the autism spectrum are fully integrated members of society who are confident in their ability to make a valued social, cultural, and economic impact. We like to refer to ourselves as a talent advocacy program because at JHFA we are about musicians first and neurodiversity second. We have a variety of programs but our main infrastructure is powered by the Jazz Hands Musicians Academy.
As a committed education partner, they will be actively engaging with aspiring talent who are interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, sharing valuable insights and advice to help empower neurodivergent and autistic artists in film, acting, voiceover, music, and animation.
DaniMation Entertainment believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their passions and achieve their dreams. They are so excited to play an active role in the conference by sharing valuable advice and guidance with aspiring talent interested in pursuing an educational path in the entertainment industry. They are committed to helping artists realize their full potential and develop a pathway to self-sufficiency.
As an educational partner, Game Gen Inc. will play an active role in the conference, sharing valuable insights and advice with aspiring talent who are interested in pursuing and educational path in game design. They will contribute their expertise and help those on the spectrum establish their careers in the exciting world of video game design.
As an educational partner, JDS Creative Academy will share their expertise and support the inclusion of individuals on the autism spectrum in the entertainment industry. Their contribution will empower aspiring talent to pursue educational paths in visual, performing, and digital arts and digital production.
The Miracle Project is a fully inclusive theater, film, and expressive arts program focused on building communication, job skills, and social skills for neurodivergent individuals with and without disabilities.
Using groundbreaking and evidence-based methods developed by our founder, Elaine Hall, The Miracle Project focuses on the strengths and abilities inherent in each participant while developing a unique neurodiverse community.
The Ed Asner Family Center (TEAFC) is an all-encompassing resource dedicated to elevating the lives of special needs individuals and their families. The Center is a nonprofit, co-founded by Navah Paskowitz-Asner and Matthew Asner inspired by their 3 autistic sons. Our mission is to be a Center of acceptance and enrichment for those seeking wholeness in all attitudes of life. Our support extends beyond the special needs individual to the entire family, through a wide variety of mental health services and groundbreaking interactive programs. The center proudly makes it policy to employ Autistic self-advocates as camp counselors, educators, and assistants. For a closer look at our programs and community, visit TEAFC.org (https://teafc.org)
As an educational partner, Inclusion Films will share their expertise and support the inclusion of talented individuals on the autism spectrum in the film industry. Get ready to roll and join us as we showcase how neurodiverse talent can shine in the entertainment industry. Let's make movie magic together!
Inclusion Films is a company started in 2007 by filmmaker Joey Travolta that aims to teach the art of film making to people with developmental disabilities. There are seven known locations in California as well as traveling camps for youths with special needs.
The Silver Drawing Academy, founded by the renowned character designer Stephen Silver, is a groundbreaking online art school dedicated to enhancing artistic skills through accessible and affordable short-form video tutorials. Leveraging Silver's extensive experience in character design across animation, illustration, and entertainment, the academy provides a unique opportunity for aspiring artists to learn from a master in the field. With a commitment to affordability, the academy's curated tutorials cover a wide range of topics, from foudational principles to advanced techniques, catering to artists of all levels. Whether you're a beginner seeking to grasp the basics or an experienced artist looking to refine your craft, the Silver Drawing Academy offers a supportive learning environment to unlock creative potential and thrive in the dynamic world of character design.
VAA will be a crucial educational partner in the conference, sharing valuable insights and advice with aspiring talent who are interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. They believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential and achieve self-sufficiency, and are excited to contribute their expertise to help make this a reality for artists on the autism spectrum.
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